Rob Thomas, Ph.D.
At SF State Since:
My courses are broadly concerned with the relationship between contemporary culture and the history of Western philosophy, with particular emphasis on theories of the image, affect, pornography, cinema, modernism/modernity, San Francisco, and political economy.
I am the author of User's Guide to Pornography (forthcoming from Zero Books). I studied with Giorgio Agamben in the seminars on The Time that Remains (Il tempo che resta). My dissertation, Broken: Thought-Images of Life in the State of Exception (2005), explored affect in relation to the state of exception, with emphasis on cinema, apocalypse, modernism/modernity, sexuality and spectacle.
I hold a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Program in Philosophy, Literature, and the Theory of Criticism (PLC) at the State University of New York at Binghamton (2005), a MA in Philosophy from the State University of New York at Binghamton (2004), a MA in Humanities from San Francisco State University (2000) and a BA in Liberal Arts (with emphasis in critical social theory) from The Evergreen State College (1997).
Expired Polaroid Photo of Dr. Thomas by Todd Duane Miller © 2015
Bike Graffiti in SOMA Photo by Dr. Thomas © 2013
Teaching Portfolio: beautiful.fail/teaching
Fall 2016 Courses
HUM 425-03 Thought and Image
Tuesday/Thursday 9:35 AM – 10:50 AM in HUM 408
HUM 415 Contemporary Culture
Tuesday/Thursday 2:10 PM – 3:25 PM in HUM 582
HUM 376-01 San Francisco: Biography of a City
Tuesday 6:10 PM – 8:55 PM in HUM 133
HUM 390-01 Images of Eroticism
Wednesday 6:10 – 8:55 PM in HUM 108